A Safe Crossing

One of the main aims I set myself to achieve whilst I was in office was to get some sort of pedestrian crossing between the Fairground Car Park and the Boating lake in Helston. This is now a step closer to happening. The road in question is a straight and fast road, even though its a 30mph zone. This area is very popular and alot of people cross this road. So its about time they were able to do so in a much safer way.

The reason is that from the 1st April Members of Cornwall Council will be getting a budget of £8k to use on minor highways projects in their areas (this money is not for use on resurfacing or maintenance projects). I have now requested the Highways Engineers to do a feasibility and costings study. My initial correspondence is that this project could be completed for £8-10k.

If indeed this can be done for that figure I hope to get the work started within the next 6 months. I know it seems a long time, but projects like these take a little time to get started and finished.

10 comments

  • Anonymous

    Have there been any accidents here? I dont remember any. What about a radar speed limit sign – these have been shown to reduce speed through an area.

  • Anonymous

    Melinda King
    Thank you, gives me blood pressure going across that road, not so bad now girls older, but scarey for people with toddlers! Well done you

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    Hi, In question to the "visor" radar speed signs. these are very expensive (around £15-20k). We generally only use these to monitor an area if we think there is a problem. I had one placed in Wellington Rd and now I have the data.

    Thankfully there have been no accidents, but I do know there has been some near misses. One I witnessed myself. A crossing here would give users some peace of mind when crossing.

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    Hi, In question to the "visor" radar speed signs. these are very expensive (around £15-20k). We generally only use these to monitor an area if we think there is a problem. I had one placed in Wellington Rd and now I have the data.

    Thankfully there have been no accidents, but I do know there has been some near misses. One I witnessed myself. A crossing here would give users some peace of mind when crossing.

  • Anonymous

    Is it good value for money though if there have been no accidents – its been a fast road in the 25 years I have known it – would rumble strips not do the job and allow you to spread the money a bit further.

  • Anonymous

    Jon M. Le Couteur Bisson.

    You need a proper zebra crossing, so vehicles have to stop.

  • Hope Bradbury

    Im supportive of this initative having a young child of my own and regularly crossing that stretch of road to access the amenities. Also with regards to previous comments posted about whether there have been any accidents, thankfully there hasn't that I am aware of but there is a high risk that an accident could happen so Im all for being proactive through the road safety initative being proposed rather than wait until an accident has happened for something to be put in place. I consider it great value for money if it helps towards potentially saving lives. Great work Andy

  • Anonymous

    Might have been nice if youd consulted your constituents on what they wanted the money spent on,if the cost is more than £8000,where does the extra come from?

  • Anonymous

    The carpark and boating lake have been there for a very long time with no zebra crossing and no accidents – Just because we have a bit of money to spend there is no requirement to rush out and just spend it on "something".

    We need to determine whether this is the best use of our money rather than "it would be nice to have…"

    At that particular place you can see right back to the roundabout and right up the hill. It seems to me that anyone who puts themselves in danger here is doing so because they wont wait for a big enough gap in the traffic. Should we be spending money to cater for impatient people?

    I walk into Helston often and I have crossed there half a dozen times in the last few months and there has never been an issue with traffic that a 30-60 second wait hasn't resolved.

    I am all for being proactive is there is a real identified risk – but here there isn't and there is a long history of no accidents to back this up.

    This really seems like a complete waste of money to me.

  • Cllr Andrew Wallis

    In answer to your question on consultations. This has been an issue for a long time. Even before I got elected this was an issue. Helston Town Council have for many years wanted a crossing. PACT meetings that I have attend have also raised this issue. Talking to many people in the Park have also raised it.

    It's from my experience the most brought up subject. I know it wont please everyone, I will still do public consultation before it even goes ahead, but I do believe this is a worthy cause.

    I am always willing to discuss any other plans but, unless they come forward and tell me I am unable to do anything about it.

    Please feel free to drop me an e-mail on any ideas you have.

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